The Thin Woman's Brain

  • by Dilia Suriel
  • Narrated by Kate Fotopoulos
  • 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why are certain women able to stay thin and never, ever diet? What is different between these naturally thin women and those that can only struggle to thinness through obsessive diet-like behaviors? The book explains the significant body of science which finally reveals the differences between the brains of thin and overweight women. It details the alterations in the brain that occur from years of overeating and dieting - and how to reverse them. In a personal and accessible style, the author guides the listener through an easy to follow step-by-step program based on cognitive behavioral therapy. The book's program does not include any food restrictions, or recipes. It does not prescribe any specific exercise program as its sole objective is to restore the brain to its healthy relationship with food.
You will learn how modern foods and ancient survival mechanisms have interacted to create an obesity epidemic. "Famine" brain, high-stress lifestyles, reduced pleasure from food and other factors are examined. Once you understand how your brain has inadvertently gone awry, you will appreciate this sensible approach to "rewiring" you brain back to its natural state - the thin woman's brain.
Why are certain women able to stay thin and never, ever diet? What is different between these naturally thin women and those that can only struggle to thinness through obsessive diet-like behaviors? The book explains the significant body of science which finally reveals the differences between the brains of thin and overweight women. It details the alterations in the brain that occur from years of overeating and dieting - and how to reverse them. In a personal and accessible style, the author guides the listener through an easy to follow step-by-step program based on cognitive behavioral therapy. The book's program does not include any food restrictions, or recipes. It does not prescribe any specific exercise program as its sole objective is to restore the brain to its healthy relationship with food.
You will learn how modern foods and ancient survival mechanisms have interacted to create an obesity epidemic. "Famine" brain, high-stress lifestyles, reduced pleasure from food and other factors are examined. Once you understand how your brain has inadvertently gone awry, you will appreciate this sensible approach to "rewiring" you brain back to its natural state - the thin woman's brain.
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A new weight loss paradigm!

I first purchased the audio version of this book and its message resonated so strongly with me during the first listen, I immediately started it over and listened through a second time! I have read dozens of diet books, both practical, how-to types and general theory about nutrition and weight loss. Every one of them had left me with unanswered questions. Why do gain the weight back every time I lose it? Why do I have to spend every minute of every day obsessing about my next meal or snack in order to stay on a program? Why am I finding it harder and harder to stay committed each time I attempt weight loss…again??

Dilia Suriel answered all those questions for me and opened my eyes to the real underlying issue – my brain. Clearly, I don’t think like a naturally thin woman. This book explained how my brain-body connection can be radically adjusted so that I, like a naturally thin woman, can joyfully eat for pleasure and nutrition without fear of overeating or needing food for comfort, reward, or sedation. "The Thin Woman's Brain" is about the rewiring process, not the simply the mechanics of mindful eating. This book is NOT a one-trick-pony. Yes, mindfulness is discussed as one of many tools and behaviours to help achieve the rewiring, but it is only one element of a comprehensive, scientifically-based behavioural training program.

I have barely begun to synthesize and practice the methods set out in this book and I am already experiencing a great deal less anxiety about food and eating, as well as new-found confidence in my ability to successfully take off, and keep off, my excess weight. I have also purchased the Kindle version as I know I will be reading and re-reading sections of this book many times over. This is no quick-fix, lose 10 pounds in a week nonsense – the concepts in this book are the real deal.

Buy this book in audio and print, read it twice, and stop that lose-gain cycle forever. Thanks to Dilia, I now believe it’s possible.
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- Nicole

It was just okay for me

Any additional comments?

I'll start by saying that the author does present some good information concerning brain chemistry. That being said, I have several annoyances, and I think I'll make a list to keep me from ranting on and on

1. You will not find a before and after picture of the author ANYWHERE. She may not want to classify this as a diet book, but that's what it is. It's teaching you how to lose weight and keep it off. If it looks like a diet book and sounds like a diet book... I really don't trust a self-help-weight-loss book where the author can't even provide solid evidence through a photograph that it works.

2. The author says at one point that you don't have to use self control to overcome cravings. All you have to do is use mindfulness and acknowledge the craving, but don't give in to it. Um, how is that NOT self control? I tried it, it didn't work. It felt a whole lot like not having self control.

3. The author spends a LOT of time talking about brain chemistry, but ignores one of the most important (in my opinion) things in our brain - serotonin. Serotonin controls HUNGER! I don't really get how the function of dopamine trumps serotonin, but whatever. I was disappointed.

4. The author talks about how important meditation is, but only talks about ONE form of meditation (mindfulness). There are many forms of meditation (yoga, prayer, etc.).

5. The author mentions a few things that all naturally thin women have in common, and one (or more) really irritated me. Naturally thin women don't like the feeling of being too full. Really? Because overweight women just LOVE the feeling of being overly stuffed and bloated? NO. I hate it! Not only do I feel uncomfortable, but I also get a side of feelings of guilt, self hatred, self recrimination, etc. I wonder if naturally thin women have to deal with THAT when they're stuffed? I don't know many people, obese or thin, that like that feeling. The point is, we do it because there are other things going on in our brain.

6. I think the title of this book is misleading. The only scientific comparison between a thin person and obese person is showing the dopamine levels in the two brains after eating. The rest is just her asking her naturally thin women friends questions about their thinking. For me, I already know the difference because I have a naturally thin mother, but that doesn't mean I can do what she does, since my brain chemistry is different than hers.

In summary, this book does provide some good information, but it may not give you the full answer to the weight problem that you might be looking for. I'm really not trying to turn anyone away from purchasing it; I just wanted to air my grievances. It didn't give me the answer I needed, but it gave enough information and the inspiration to go find my own answer. For that, I give the book 3 stars.

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- Carissa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-26-2013
  • Publisher: Applied Insight, Inc.